Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Butter

I used to fear making bread with yeast, worrying that it wouldn’t turn out and that I would just wind up wasting precious time, energy, and ingredients for all nothing.

I’m over my fears now.

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If you’ve never made bread before, this is a great one to start with because there’s no kneading. There’s also no need to first dissolve the yeast in water. Basically, this is a dump-it-in-a-mixing bowl kind of recipe. My favorite kind.

And what emerges from the oven are the best English muffins I’ve ever had in bread, rather than muffin, form. I prefer to make pans of bars, or a big cake, rather than scooping out individual cookies or dolloping out muffin batter. And I prefer to make a loaf of English muffin bread rather than individual muffins. Forming individual muffins sounds like a pain but I assure you this bread was not.

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 I love English muffins with their pock-marked and dimpled texture and the cratered surface is prime for soaking up warm melted butter, which gets trapped in all those holes and valleys.

I also love cinnamon-raisin bread. My grandmother’s cinnamon-raisin bread was the best I’ve ever eaten but her recipe died with her. My own mother is not a bread baker and no one will ever know how Grandma made her bread, but I wanted to combine my appreciation of English muffins with my fond memories of cinnamon-raisin bread, and roll it all into one dense, chewy, hearty loaf. It also happens to be World Bread Day today, a happy yeasty serendipitous twist. Plus, I’ve recently seen Jessica, Rebecca and others on Tasty Kitchen make various versions of homemade English muffins and I had to take the plunge.

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English muffins don’t really become true English muffins for me unless they’ve been toasted and I think they’re downright mealy and nearly inedible in their untoasted state. A couple minutes in a toasty box transforms them into magical discs and although this bread is okay untoasted, it reaches its white carbtastic peak after being toasted and then slathered with cinnamon-sugar butter. The butter melts and seeps into the porous surface and sinking my teeth into it makes me wonder why I haven’t been baking bread all my life. I won’t be able to ever look at a storebought English muffin the same way.

Also the English muffins at my grocery store don’t have raisins in them, and although the raisins may be omitted if you’re not a raisin person, the extra chewiness from their wrinkled texture, the subtle sweetness, and the touch of added moisture that they impart into the bread are welcome additions. Plus, raisins pair perfectly with cinnamon. I think I ate a cinnamon-raisin bagel every single day for about four years in late high school and early college. I love the cinnamon-raisin combination, especially in bread, but I’m even down with it in a Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie.

I’m also a cinnamon fiend. I usually double the amount of cinnamon in most recipes if I’m using someone else’s, and for the true die hard cinnamon freaks, use more than I indicated; however, cinnamon is worked into this bread in three ways. First, it’s added to the dough. Secondly, I added a sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar to the top of the loaf before baking it, and finally before serving, a healthy smear of the cinnamon-sugar butter, which is amply spiced with cinnamon, goes a long way in boosting the cinnamon intensity.

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When you’re ready to make the bread, in a mixing bowl simply combine about half of the flour, the yeast (doesn’t need to be dissolved and can be added in dry and straight from the packet), the sugar, warmed milk and warmed water (heat it in a microwave-safe cup for about one minute; you should be able to stick your finger in it and it should be warm but not burning hot; yeast dies at about 140F so don’t overheat the liquid and kill it), cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and let the machine whip it all together for about three minutes. Then, add the remaining flour and mix until just combined and don’t overmix, stir in the raisins, and your dough-making is done. As easy as making cookie dough, really.

The dough will be sticky and on the gloppy side; this is bread dough not cookie dough. Resist the urge to add more flour as this will make the resulting bread too heavy and too dense. As it is already, this is a dense bread; after all, English muffins aren’t exactly light and fluffy croissants. Plus, homemade bread has a tendency to be denser than commercially-prepared bread, which has lots chemically-laden fluffers and puffers added to make it lighter in general. Homemade English muffin bread is denser than its storebought counterparts and adding excess flour will make a density-prone situation head into lead balloon territory.

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Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and without kneading it, place the gooey wad into a sprayed or greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, which can optionally be dusted with cornmeal beforehand for increased English muffin authenticiy, and then cover the pan with plasticwrap or a dishtowel and wait for the yeast to work their magic by allowing the dough to rise in a warm place until it’s doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.

If your house is cold, a little tip to create a warm environment is to turn on your oven for one minute as if you were going to bake something at 400F. Just begin the preheating process for one quick minute, and shut the oven off. Very quickly open the oven door so that the hot air doesn’t escape, slide the loaf pan in, close the door, and voila, a toasty environment for rising. Just double-check to make sure that you shut your oven off. I hesitate to even write this because I worry someone will get confused and allow their oven to reach 400F. No, don’t do that. One minute on is all you need and shut the oven off because in that one minute, your oven will probably get up to 90F or so, a nice and toasty environment for your bread to rise in, accomplished in one minute.

After turning out the dough from the mixer and placing it into the pan to begin the one-hour rise, this is what it looked like. The dough laid low in the pan, only about 2 inches high.

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About 55 minutes later it had risen to nearly the top of the pan.

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I made a mixture of one tablespoon each of brown and granulated sugars, and one half teaspoon of cinnamon, and sprinkled about half the mixture over the top of the loaf before baking.

While it baked, the cinnamon-sugar produced the most lovely crunchy, golden browned top on the bread.

The photos don’t show any crunchy topping bits on top because although I thought that my bread had cooled completely, and I wrapped it up in plasticwrap, put it in a gallon-sized Ziplock, and went to bed. However, the next morning I was ready to photograph the bread and discovered that it hadn’t sufficiently cooled and the trapped residual heat caused the cinnamon-sugar crunchy coating to melt and it turned into a cinnamon-sugar syrup. A very happy accident.

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Another tip about bread-baking is that unlike cookies, which should be left on baking sheets to cool and firm up a bit before moving them, bread needs to come out of the pan or off the baking sheet and immediately go onto a rack to cool.

Also, bread isn’t considered fully baked until it’s cooled completely and all the trapped steam has been released, which is why you shouldn’t slice into hot bread as it disrupts this stage of the post-oven baking process. Allow the bread to cool completely first, thereby completing the cooking process. Plus, slicing into hot bread is tricky and you can mash down the whole loaf. However, waiting is easier said than done when you have a scrumptious baked loaf staring at you in the face and the fumes of cinnamon-sugar and bread-baking have been wafting through your house for what seems like an eternity.

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The cinnamon-sugar butter adds a special touch and comforting quality to the bread. Plus, after sprinkling the top of the bread with cinnamon-sugar before baking, there’s a bit of extra cinnamon-sugar mixture left over and the best use for it is to stir it into half a stick of softened butter, whipping and stirring vigorously so that the butter becomes puffy and whipped, in addition to being sweetly spiced.

I never want plain butter and plain English muffins again. Or storebought ones.

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Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Butter - No-knead, foolproof recipe so you don't have to buy English muffins anymore! At

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Butter - No-knead, foolproof recipe so you don't have to buy English muffins anymore! At

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Butter
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Serves: Makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf
  • For the Bread
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal, optional
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (one ¼-ounce packet, I recommend Platinum Red Star Yeast)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2+ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt, optional
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk, warmed to 120°F to 130°F
  • ¼ cup water, warmed to 120°F to 130°F
  • ½ cup raisins
  • For the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping & Cinnamon-Sugar Butter
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon granulate sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup (1/2 of one stick) unsalted butter, softenend
  1. For the Bread - Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan. Optionally, add corn meal to the pan, shaking it around so cornmeal sticks to the sides and base of the pan, discard excess; set pan aside.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add 1½ cups flour, yeast (not necessary to dissolve it first; just add it in dry), ¼ cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt, baking soda, milk, water and beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Then beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. (To warm the milk and water, I poured them into a glass measuring cup and heated in the microwave for 1 minute on high power. I could comfortably stick my finger in the liquid after 1 minute; it was warm but not hot. If you don't have a thermometer this method will likely work. If you can't stick your finger in it, it's too hot; you will kill the yeast over ~140F)
  3. Add the remaining 1 cup flour and beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds; do not overmix. Batter will be gooey and sticky. Sprinkle in raisins and turn dough out into prepared pan without kneading it, leveling it in the pan as much as possible with your hands or a spatula. Cover pan with plasticwrap or a dish towel and allow dough to rise in a warm place for 45 to 60 minutes, or until it has doubled in volume.
  4. In the last 15 minutes of rising, preheat oven to 375F and make the cinnamon-sugar mixture, for both sprinkling over the top of the bread and for the butter.
  5. For the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping & Cinnamon-Sugar Butter - Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl and stir to combine. Before baking the bread, sprinkle a scant 1 tablespoon over the top of the loaf. Combine the remainder of the cinnamon-sugar mixture with the butter, stirring with a whipping motion until incorporated and fluffy.
  6. Bake loaf for 28 to 32 minutes, or until golden and set; some say tapping on the loaf should produce a hollow sound. Immediately remove bread from loaf pan and place on a rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Bread may be served untoasted but toasting it is highly recommended. Bread will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container or in a ziptop food storage bag at room temperature. Extra butter will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  7. Note that if bread has not sufficiently cooled before wrapping, the cinnamon-sugar crunchy topping will melt from the trapped residual heat, creating a cinnamon-sugar syrup. I wrapped the loaf before bed and while it was about 90% cooled, the next morning the crunchy topping had turned into a syrup, a happy accident.
  8. Inspired by Taste of Home and King Arthur Flour

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Cinnamon Sugar Crust Cream Cheese and Jelly Danish Squares – Tastes like an Entenmann’s danish, with a crispy and crunchy cinnamon-sugar coating, and are filled with smooth cream cheese and jelly. The squares use a shortcut and are a snap to make

Cinnamon Bun Pie – Best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made (to date) and they’re ready from start to finish in less than 30 minutes. I’m working on yeast-based cinnamon rolls next

Strawberry Jelly Rolls – These start out as white dinner rolls  that I doctored up and baked, and in less than 15 minutes I was eating a warm jelly roll

Baked Cinnamon Bun Donuts with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze – A cross between a Krispy Kreme donut and a Cinnabon cinnamon roll. Yeast-free and easy and although I haven’t tried it in muffin tins, if you don’t have a donut pan, try them as muffins

Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar) – The cinnamon flavor is pprominent and the dates used to bind the bars have a raisin-like quality for the cinnamon-raisin pairing I adore. Skip the chocolate topping and the base of these bars is a perfectly healthy, no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, granola bar

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Tastes like drinking a glass of cinnamon-raisin bread, although no actual bread was used. Close, but not quite

Do you like English muffins? Cinnamon Raisin bread?

Have you ever made bread with yeast?

If you have any tips, tricks, thoughts, favorite recipes, or anything at all to add about bread-making, please feel free to chime in and link up your favorite recipes.

I am learning as I go and am having a blast making bread and discovering this whole new cooking world. I’ve made a few flat loaves and some dense bricks but even the worst ‘failure’ still tastes good and we’ve eaten it all; even the less than stellar loaves are better than storebought.

I wish I had started years ago but in the meantime, I’ve been researching, googling, reading cookbooks, reading bread-making forums, practicing, playing around, and trying to soak up all the yeasty knowledge I can. We have had plenty of bread around here lately, which isn’t an awful problem. My grandma used to freeze bread and if push comes to shove, I can always try that; but Scott never met a piece of bread he didn’t inhale and I’m not having any trouble twisting his arm to eat my experiments. I also have some recipes coming up using, you guessed it, leftover bread, as well as more bread recipes coming.

139 comments on “Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Butter”

  1. I love English Muffins and the cinnamon butter makes it perfect. I made up yet another batch of your peanut butter last night. I bet that would be wonderful melted on top of a warm slice of this as well…What a special gift a loaf would make for someone special too :)

  2. Just beautiful, as always… and I bet your house STILL smells good from the baking. Loaf breads are pretty much my favorite thing to bake – it’s just so satisfying to turn out a lovely loaf of goodness! Another great post, A.!!

    • And yesterday I made the BEST tasting & smelling bread, it just didn’t quite rise high enough. So ticked b/c I can’t take pics of it. But the taste is great. So have to try to figure out where I think I went wrong – I think my water was too cool that I dissolved the yeast in, and that set off the cascade of errors. But it’s been so much fun, even the ‘mistakes’ and yes my house has been smelling like a bakery the past 10 days or so :)

  3. I’ve been seeing an english muffin bread floating around pinterest, but your version is insane! I love that you added cinnamon and raisins!

    And congrats on getting over your fear of yeast. I love baking with it. It’s like a science experiment. :)

    • Girl your brioche is just…stunning. And I’d like to drink the pastry cream with a straw :) I can’t wait til I can get to the place with bread where Im at with cookies and cakes, lots of ad-libbing & science experimentation. Yesterday I made the BEST tasting bread, it just didn’t quite rise high enough. So ticked b/c I can’t take pics of it. But the taste is great. So have to try to figure out where I think I went wrong – I think my water was too cool that I dissolved the yeast in, and that set off the cascade of errors. But it’s been so much fun, even the ‘mistakes’!

  4. Never too much cinnamon for me! This looks amazing – it’s just about bread-baking weather here in Pittsburgh, too!

  5. It took me a while to not be so intimidated by bread making, now I love it. This bread looks really gorgeous, perfect for breakfast.

  6. okay my mouth is totally watering now!

  7. Wow! Looks delicious. English muffin bread is the only yeast bread I’ve made.

  8. I just made mini loaves of english muffin bread for co-workers. I love your recipe, so easy! Love the idea of just dumping everything in, it makes it so much easier and stress free!

  9. Raisins AND english muffins are both my cup of tea, so you can imagine my excitement to see that THIS is the first kind of yeasted bread on Averie Cooks! Anyway I can, I will throw raisins into a recipe. Bonus points if there’s cinnamon involved. You know how I feel about “plain” foods, so I’m loving the cinnamon and raisin and toastiness here!

    I cannot believe that THIS beautiful bread is your first hack at a yeasted bread recipe. The photos are gorgeous Averie, so crisp and clear. Glad to see that overhead shot on top row FG girl!

    My baking fear are cinnamon/sweet rolls. I’m dying to make several varieties but I’m just too afraid! I hope to make them this weekend or next. THANK YOU FOR THE CONFIDENCE BOOST.

    • I made a cinn-swirl bread yesterday that is so rich it could almost be cinn rolls but I messed up with the yeast and it didnt rise quite like I wanted it to and I ended up with more cinn rolls than cinn bread, higher than rolls, not as tall as bread, but it’s been an amazing ‘mistake’ to eat :) That’s the thing, even the mistakes are delicious. But you can’t blog about them….soooo….will be re-doing that in a week or two. I dont need two back to back loaves of the stuff!

      The overhead is with my 50 mm f/1.2
      I could have made it sharper but FG wants that blown out look and I could have tightened it up even more and made it a little darker for more tack-tack-sharp clarity but they like ’em light ‘n bright! :)

  10. I’m so glad you made bread and it turned out so well! I have to admit I can’t wait for it to cool all the way. Life’s too short not to eat bread warm from the oven! Bread freezes perfectly. I thaw it wrapped in parchment in a 350 ovem and it comes out tasting freshly baked.

  11. Happy World Bread Day! Your loaf looks fantastic. I’ve made plain English muffin bread before numerous times because it’s so quick and easy to throw together, but the addition of raisins and spice is inspired. Such a smart idea to dress it up a bit!

  12. This bread looks wonderful and easier, thanks! I haven’t made bread in a long time and didn’t have much luck with yeast when I tried, but I’d like to get back into it.

    • and being that it was just a tiny bit of milk, I have a feeling almond milk would work just fine and you’d be all set with them vegan. I have a feeling it’s not actually the true dairy protein that is really altering much; more so the mouthfeel and texture of milk (or nut milk) than just having plain old water.

  13. Growing up, we would come home from school and pop english muffins in the toaster, drench them with butter and eat stacks of them before we got into our homework. I agree that they are worthless when they are out of the bag, but toasted? Just like you said “transformed into magical discs!”

    I love the attention to detail you gave to this post. Thank you for that. All three of my guys absolutely love english muffin toast and english muffins toasted! Will absolutely have to give this one a whirl. YUM! :-)

    • Well it was one of those posts that I figured I BETTER be as specific, clear, and articulate as possible since I will otherwise hear about it from my readers who write in with questions or issues. Better to head that off at the pass proactively with clear writing :)

      Please LMK how this one goes for you! I can’t wait to hear about it if you try them!

  14. I have always wanted to make English Muffin Bread! Your loos fantastic! I think maybe Monday I should make this! I love it!!

  15. Congrats on baking bread! I never really understood what was so scary about it. Plus, the occasional flops are worth it because you’re making homemade bread!

  16. You really are the bread and cake-making gal! WOW, I‘m truly impressed. I have wanted to make English muffins for some time and I love the loaf idea even better, much easier!

    OK, so we are LOVING the Bundt bread. It’s so moist and with the chocolate gnache, it’s transformed into dessert. It’s bread for a chocoholic. Super yummy bread! I’m sad that it’s almost gone ☹ Guess I will just have to bake a new batch or that yummy chocolate cake of yours!

    • That isn’t bundt bread…that’s a CAKE :) But the name-game of calling it bread makes it sound better, right? :) I am soooo happy that you made it and that you love it!

      And if you’re ever tempted to make yeast-bread, this is a great one to start with…pretty much foolproof!

      And if you do make that cake, the nice thing about it is that it doesn’t make tons, just a 9×9 pan which is nice.

  17. Amazing, Averie! I could seriously eat this entire loaf alone! I have a bit of an aversion to yeast but I’m totally willing to get past that and make this!

  18. That bread looks perfect! Impressive!!!

    I love cinnamon raisin bread, and have worked with yeast quite a bit, but haven’t ever made my own cinnamon raisin bread.

    • Well and this isn’t really cinn-raisin bread per se, it’s definitely more English muffin bread which is it’s own little thing. I’m assuming they have Eng muffins in Canada? One of my London readers had never had one or known what they were. I remember some of your older mentions about bread. I need to go read your archives!

  19. I’m loving all the bread recipes that are popping up for National Bread Day–I am definitely a slather-on-the-cinnamon kind of gal, and my recent obsession has been very cinnamon-y indeed pull-apart breads. This recipe looks fun too!

  20. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I’m a Cinnamon and Raisin kinda girl too :)

  21. I am no bread expert, but I followed your directions to a T, and this came out wonderful! I had no idea English Muffins could be made into bread form, but this recipe opened my eyes. What makes it even better is the cinnamon-raisin-ness.. Like you, in my opinion, the more cinnamon, the better.
    Fantastic recipe! Will make again.

    • To my knowledge, you’re the first person who’s made this..or at least told me about it and I am so glad it was a success! The cinnamon adds such a nice touch, I agree. The more the merrier when it comes to cinnamon for me :)

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  23. I, too, much prefer breads and pan things. So much easier! This bread looks so dense and good!

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